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MrZekrom

How to Root your Smartphone?

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Many of us want freedom and power to customize our smartphones. Rooting is one way for us to acquire this, gaining also the privileges to change anything in the system of our smartphones. Here is a tutorial of rooting your Android phone. 

Disclaimer: Rooting your smartphone can be quite dangerous and it can void your warranty. I will not be liable for any unwanted damage/glitch and bricked Android smartphones. Do it at your own risk.

1. Download the rooting package SPECIALIZED for the specific model of your smartphone. Do NOT use other rooting packages for other smartphones. It should be named Update.zip.

2. After downloading the file which will come in .zip extension, move it to the root of your SD Card, not in any folder.

3. Switch off your mobile phone. Press Volume+ and Power button simultaneously until the Android robot with the caution symbol (triangle with an exclamation mark) or rotating hexagonal ball shows up. Press the power button again to access the recovery mode.

4. In the recovery mode, use Volume+ and - to navigate and power button (or the middle of volume keys if that didn't work) to select choices. Go to Update from SD Card, a list of folders and files on your SD card will show up. Navigate until you find update.zip. Select the file and when it prompts, choose yes. A process will show up saying that your phone is being rooted. Simply wait for it to finish.

5. When the process is already done, reboot your smartphone. After rebooting, look for the SuperSU or SuperUser app. If present, the rooting process is successful and if not, repeat the process.

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I currently have an iPhone, but a friend of mine has an Andriod Smartphone and really wants to "break" into her phone. I'll be sure to give her this step-by-step process that you made! You have definitely made it really easy to understand.

I was wondering about rooting in general. Are you able to go back to your original phone software after it has been rooted, or are you stuck with what you have? In addition, have you ever rooted your phone? If you have, what do you think about the "freedom" that it provides? Is it typically the right amount of freedom, or is it too much?

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I currently have an iPhone, but a friend of mine has an Andriod Smartphone and really wants to "break" into her phone. I'll be sure to give her this step-by-step process that you made! You have definitely made it really easy to understand.

I was wondering about rooting in general. Are you able to go back to your original phone software after it has been rooted, or are you stuck with what you have? In addition, have you ever rooted your phone? If you have, what do you think about the "freedom" that it provides? Is it typically the right amount of freedom, or is it too much?

​Actually, there will be no change in your phone except for the Superuser app and the ability to modify almost anything. The freedom that I'm talking about is the modification in the system. Basically, rooting allows you to install apps that need root privileges like those performance boosting apps such as SetCPU and mobileUncle. Also, it allows you to install custom roms (modified roms that have different features compared to stock roms) and even modify it to look like other brands' User Interface like Samsung, Sony and LG.

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I currently have an iPhone, but a friend of mine has an Andriod Smartphone and really wants to "break" into her phone. I'll be sure to give her this step-by-step process that you made! You have definitely made it really easy to understand.

I was wondering about rooting in general. Are you able to go back to your original phone software after it has been rooted, or are you stuck with what you have? In addition, have you ever rooted your phone? If you have, what do you think about the "freedom" that it provides? Is it typically the right amount of freedom, or is it too much?

​You can always 'unroot' your phone and go back to original software, that's no problem at all.

Also, unless you know what you're doing, rooting isn't that important or life changing as jailbreaking is on iOS for example. As MrZekrom has said, it will give you 100% control over you device, but Android has already a pretty high 'freedom' to it, for example in downloading cracked applications etc. , so rooting isn't that necessary unless you really need it for a specific app (like one that saves battery life or so)

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I currently have an iPhone, but a friend of mine has an Andriod Smartphone and really wants to "break" into her phone. I'll be sure to give her this step-by-step process that you made! You have definitely made it really easy to understand.

I was wondering about rooting in general. Are you able to go back to your original phone software after it has been rooted, or are you stuck with what you have? In addition, have you ever rooted your phone? If you have, what do you think about the "freedom" that it provides? Is it typically the right amount of freedom, or is it too much?

​You can always 'unroot' your phone and go back to original software, that's no problem at all.

Also, unless you know what you're doing, rooting isn't that important or life changing as jailbreaking is on iOS for example. As MrZekrom has said, it will give you 100% control over you device, but Android has already a pretty high 'freedom' to it, for example in downloading cracked applications etc. , so rooting isn't that necessary unless you really need it for a specific app (like one that saves battery life or so)

​You're right. When you want to revert back to the unrooted state of your phone in case there's a need for you to use the warranty, you can unroot your phone using the same method but of course, with the unroot package instead of the root one. And yes, Android has already a pretty high state of freedom to it, and it's also the reason why I haven't still rooted my Zenfone 5 since I'm still enjoying it's state as of now.

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You're missing something. You say "move it to the root of your SD Card, not in any folder.  ".  I don't have an SD Card tray in my LG G2 so I can't really do that. Also there's an easier way to root your phone, using Framaroot. You just install the APK on your phone, click one button and voila! You're rooted!

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You're missing something. You say "move it to the root of your SD Card, not in any folder.  ".  I don't have an SD Card tray in my LG G2 so I can't really do that. Also there's an easier way to root your phone, using Framaroot. You just install the APK on your phone, click one button and voila! You're rooted!

​Your SD Card (if you don't have a memory card) is the Internal Storage of your phone. If you will try to checck your file manager, it says that your internal storage is SD Card, so that's the reason why I use that term. And Framaroot is just for Mediatek devices. 

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You're missing something. You say "move it to the root of your SD Card, not in any folder.  ".  I don't have an SD Card tray in my LG G2 so I can't really do that. Also there's an easier way to root your phone, using Framaroot. You just install the APK on your phone, click one button and voila! You're rooted!

​Your SD Card (if you don't have a memory card) is the Internal Storage of your phone. If you will try to checck your file manager, it says that your internal storage is SD Card, so that's the reason why I use that term. And Framaroot is just for Mediatek devices. 

​I don't know dude, I used Framaroot for my LG G2 and it worked.

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I heard that rooting can be a little bit dangerous. I tried it on one of my android phones, it was successful but the truth is I don't even know the purpose of rooting. Thanks for sharing though.

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Will rooting my smartphone help me to transfer all of my apps to the SD Card? I want to transfer all my apps to my SD Card if possible because it has more space than my internal memory... I've already transferred some of my apps via the app manager, but I can't touch the rest of my apps because the 'Transfer to Memory Card' button is disabled. :( I've got Android KitKat by the way.

 

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Will rooting my smartphone help me to transfer all of my apps to the SD Card? I want to transfer all my apps to my SD Card if possible because it has more space than my internal memory... I've already transferred some of my apps via the app manager, but I can't touch the rest of my apps because the 'Transfer to Memory Card' button is disabled. :( I've got Android KitKat by the way.

 

​Maybe. But it isn't always a good idea.  There are some apps that will not function or maybe just not update correctly if you move them. The app publisher has chosen to disallow an app from running on the sd card if the button is grayed out. Sometimes they work fine if you move them but that isn't always the case.

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I think I got lost on my way here. What exactly is ROOTING? Is it the same as intalling the OS in the computer? I'm new to smart phones so please grant me some patience. My smart phone is sometimes acting up - hangs or very slow. There are also times that it gets hot like it has a fever although I think that's another issue.

Again, what exactly is rooting? Anyone?

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Rooting can be compared with admin rights when it comes to your computer.

If your device is rooted, you can gain access to features only and admin (root) can modify, and even deleted unwanted files, which are protected otherwise.

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Rooting isn't even all that necessary for most people. For many people it is just a curiosity or challenge type of thing. I would only do it if I ran into a wall and couldn't use a function I wanted.

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Rooting can be compared with admin rights when it comes to your computer.

If your device is rooted, you can gain access to features only and admin (root) can modify, and even deleted unwanted files, which are protected otherwise.

​Thank you for the info. I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to mobile because my focus is still in computers. My phone for texting is the old model with a keypad, waheehee, and I only use my smart phone for internet browsing. Okay, so rooting is not necessary if I don't need to tinker with all the features, particularly the technical features.

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Rooting can be compared with admin rights when it comes to your computer.

If your device is rooted, you can gain access to features only and admin (root) can modify, and even deleted unwanted files, which are protected otherwise.

​That is true in some way or another, however, for anyone who is looking to root his smartphone for whatever purpose it is, I recommend you to first know the consequences that may come in the future. You have to realize that a lot of programs you use in order to root your phone/tablet, they could be carrying infected files or spyware during the rooting process. If you rooted your phone and use it for whatever you like, if it stays rooted, it is most likely going to be vulnerable to a lot of viruses and keyloggers.

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I really wondered about how to root one's phone which I wouldn't bother on doing anyway since I'm not really particular with customizing my phone to its best. Thanks for sharing your knowledege @MrZekrom , I have friends who are fanatics about customizing their phones, this would surely be of help to them.

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I really wondered about how to root one's phone which I wouldn't bother on doing anyway since I'm not really particular with customizing my phone to its best. Thanks for sharing your knowledege @MrZekrom , I have friends who are fanatics about customizing their phones, this would surely be of help to them.

You're welcome. Rooting is really a great way of unlocking secrets in our smartphones. At first, I'm also hesitant of customizing my phone but there was a time that I got really bored with it and I tried doing something new with it. Once you'll try customizing your phone, you can just never stop doing it. There are some endless possibilities it provides. 

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It's also useful to know that a lot of phone models use much easier methods of rooting like for example, OneClickRoot, a program that does the rooting for. Of course, not all of them would work, each phone model is built differently and each has their own method of rooting, so be sure that the method your using works for your model.

For those who are curious on why you should root your phone, go here:

http://lifehacker.com/top-10-reasons-to-root-your-android-phone-1079161983

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